As Dad will tell you, you can’t go wrong with the original. Launched last year to great success (as menswear designer Todd Snyder said about the gift kit, “KM does all the hard work, but I look like the genius.”), our Pop’s Original Kit includes all the essentials for the man who “doesn’t need anything.” Thanks to a thicker paper stock and “linoid” finish that resembles sturdy fabrics such as linen, Tally-Ho playing cards are the most popular with those in-the-know – that’s to say: casinos, professional card players and magicians. However, they are difficult to come by in the wider retail market. (We looked high and low for a set before stumbling upon a magic shop…) The deck’s original circle back design and Joker card – a gentleman wearing a traditional English hunting outfit and shouting “tally-ho” – is the calling card of the rare but celebrated brand. Our metal bottle opener and resealer is a pocket-sized wonder:?The rubber’s elasticity ensures that Dad gets the tightest possible grip without having to exert too much effort. Once the opener is slid into place, the seal is tight enough that none of the liquid will spill, even if tipped completely upside down. With craft beers, lambics and ciders sometimes sized for more than one sitting, the gadget comes in handy almost daily – from fishing trips to poker games to beach BBQs. Rounding out the kit are the pistachios, a lesser-known superfood that contains no cholesterol and has high levels of beneficial unsaturated fats. The Bazzini variety also taste very, very good. After being grown in California, the raw nuts are shipped to Allentown, Pennsylvania, where they are then soaked in brine, dried and roasted to bring out earthy and umami flavors – as well as adding a nice crunch.
To preserve the longevity of the card deck, wash hands prior to use and store in a dark, cool area. Because a brand-new deck of cards is stiff, slippery and may have rough edges, it is advised to break in your set before use. The bottle opener works on 26 mm caps (U.S. standard), 29 mm beer bottles (craft and large European) and sparkling wine bottles. The resealing function is what sets this gadget apart – and can also be used for a wide range of pop-cap bottles. Simply flip over the implement and, using the metal guides to grip the rim at the top of the bottle, slide the rubbery panel over the opening to ensure a tight seal over the beverage, preventing the contents from going stale or spilling when turned over.?A simple rinse and dry every so often is enough to prevent a build-up of beer on the rubbery seal. Store pistachios in a cool, dry place – if you don’t finish them in one go. (It’s a challenge.)
Tally-Ho cards date back to 1848, when an Irish entrepreneur who immigrated to New York started a playing card business. They remain a classic. Produced in Germany, the opener is made of chrome-plated metal and engraved with basic instructions for use, giving it a vintage “bare essentials” feel.? The pistachios come from a company started in 1886 by the Italian immigrant Anthony Bazzini.
Exclusive to Kaufmann Mercantile, our Pop’s Original Kit offers a cracking good time: The bottle opener/resealer keeps beer fresh, the pistachios make a satisfying snack and the playing cards are a classic every Dad should have on hand.
3 ½ inches long x 2 ½ inches wide x ½ inch high (9 cm x 6.5 cm x 1 cm)
3 ½ inches long x 1 ½ inches wide
(9 cm x 3.7 cm)
16 ounces (454 g)
Premium card stock
Grown in California
Roasted & packed in Pennsylvania
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